Intel 10th Generation “Comet Lake” Desktop Processors Revealed

Information on Intel’s 10th Generation Core “Comet Lake” desktop processors have been leaked to the web thanks to Informatica Cero. It is expected that these desktop processors, built on the LGA1200 package will be announced at CES in January and be followed up by a early Q2-2020 launch. The information leaked shows that HyperThreading will play a large role in this generation of processors, with Intel enabling it across the board. Starting at the top we have the Core i9 series which will be 10-core, 12-thread with 20 MB of L3 cache. The Core i7 series is next which will be 8-core, 16-thread with 16 MB of L3 cache. The Core i5 series will be 6-core, 12-thread with 12 MB of L3 cache. Finally there is the Core i3 series, which actually has two tiers. First the the i3-103xx which is 4-core, 8-thread with 8 MB of L3 cache then there is the i3-101xx series which is also 4-core, 8-thread, but will have 6 MB of L3 cache. Check out the table below which covers all of the 10th generation Core “Comet Lake” processors (courtesy TechPowerUp).

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The Core i9 and Core i7 chips will have native support for dual-channel DDR4-2933 memory, while the Core i5 and Core i3 will support DDR4-2667, of course memory overclocking is possible. With Intel increasing core counts and cache sizes they are also going to be increasing clock speeds across the board by as much as 300 MHz compared to 9th generation. They are also going to introduce Turbo Boost Max 3.0, which was exclusive to their HEDT processors. There is also going to be a new “Thermal Velocity Boost” with its own set of clock-speeds depending on core/thread load. The chips could also feature the Modern Standby C10 power-state support, which would make them the first on the desktop platform.

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These chips are built on Intel’s 14nm fabrication node and have the same IPC as “Skylake”. That is why they are going to rely heavily on aggressive power-management to sustain the 65W TDP for most of the SKUs. Their “K” unlocked SKUs will have a very high TDP rating of 125W.

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